It should be no problem. The cracks are from normal shrinkage as the wood dries through the end grain. Structurally, it will make little difference.
You may wish to seal the ends to slow the drying process out so the wood dries evenly.
A a preventative measure or If it gets worse, you can still fix and stabilize the wood with butterfly or bow tie keys on the top and/bottom of the crack. Maybe pour epoxy or filler into the crack also. I’ve done it a Couple times with tinted epoxy.
I have had similar issue with a mallet I made from a maple firewood log. I used CA glue(thin) and accelerator to seal the cracks. And these cracks were rather wide at 1/16”. After many many hours of use never had any integrity issue.
Thanks for the advice, good to know I have to plan another trip to the timber yard to replace those pieces!
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